The Communications Workers of America is seeking to unionize tech and video game workers

This week, the Communications Workers of America -- one of the largest industrial unions in the country -- launched the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE), which seeks to unionize people working for game and tech companies. Read the rest

Area man ran an illegal gas station, firefighters say

A man in Nevada is accused of running a homemade gas station in a backyard. Read the rest

Twitter to add “conversation participants” setting to limit who can reply to your tweets

“Getting ratio’d, getting dunked on, the dynamics that happen that we think aren’t as healthy are definitely part of... our thinking about this.”

Brazil's fascist Bolsonaro Facebooks himself watching Trump's Iran speech

This is the future, I guess. Read the rest

Pizza-making robot startup lays off 80% of staff

Softbank-funded unicorn Zume ran out of dough

Students build pyramid from 27,434 toilet paper rolls (VIDEO)

A group of high school students in Michigan made good use of their holiday break: they built a toilet paper pyramid. Read the rest

Britney Spears' Toxic as hold music

The purpose of automated attendant/interactive voice response phone menu systems is to make you fuck off before you trouble a human being. But such systems have a moral spectrum of their own, in which you cannot be simply dispatched or hung up on. The decision to end the call must be yours.

Whoever realized the repellent brutality of Britney Spears' Toxic played over a VoIP compression protocol deserves some kind of reward.

Experience it yourself: 858 924 0180

Tell me if it works, as I have no inclination to verify the claim myself. Read the rest

Man videos postal worker abusing box full of delicate computer components

Nick Verzilli is surely furious: he muted the audio on the video he recorded of a USPS driver abusing his 40lb package of fancy computer bits. Read the rest

Google 'disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices' after Nest Hub user picked up random pics from strangers' feeds

“Among the eight or so examples initially provided to Reddit are a handful of disturbingly clear images showing a sleeping baby, a security camera's view of an enclosed porch, and a man seemingly asleep in a chair.” Read the rest

Robot Reindeer Happy Holidays

A classic robotics video from Boston Dynamics in 2015.

Think of how much more developed the robots are now!

Yikes.

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US Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices as 'cybersecurity threat'

The US Navy has issued a policy banning the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the China-owned video messaging service is a “cybersecurity threat.” Read the rest

ToTok is a UAE spying tool, say US officials. Delete it now.

Google and Apple remove app

Roomba screams when it bumps into stuff [UNMUTE]

Roomba: [AUGHHHHHHH!!!!] Read the rest

Facebook offers funny answer for why it tracks users’ locations even when they turn tracking services off

Facebook offered a revealing explanation to lawmakers for why it continues to track users’ locations even after those users turn Facebook's location tracking services off. Read the rest

After hack, Canadian LifeLabs paid ransom for 15M+ customers' health data

After LifeLabs was hit by a a cyber attack in November, the Canada-based medical lab paid a ransom to recover stolen data belonging to more than 15 million of its customers. That stolen data included usernames, password, and some 80,000 or more test results. Read the rest

Kathryn Spiers: 'I was fired last week by Google for organizing.'

Google denies claim of illegal and retaliatory firing

'Cars now run on the new oil — your data.'

What data does your car gather about you? Where does it go? Who has access to it? Read the rest

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